Cascadia rival Seattle will mark the last match at Empire Field in a match likely to secure a playoff spot for the Sounders and rule Vancouver out of the postseason mathematically.
|Vancouver Whitecaps FC (4-4-2): Cannon; Leathers, DeMerit, Boxall, Harvey; Salinas, Koffie, Vagenas, Camilo; Chiumiento, Hassli.||
OUT: FW Atiba Harris (R knee surgery); GK Brian Sylvestre (L knee surgery); MF Russell Teibert (R toe laceration)
QUESTIONABLE: MF John Thorrington (L groin strain); MF Michael Nanchoff (R iliotibial band syndrome)
|Seattle Sounders FC (4-4-2): Keller; Riley, Hurtado, Parke, Scott; Fernandez, Evans, Alonso, Neagle; Fucito, Montero.||
OUT: OUT: GK Terry Boss (concussion); MF Michael Seamon (lateral ankle tendon); MF Steve Zakuani (R leg fracture); FW O’Brian White (leg surgery)
DOUBTFUL: MF Mauro Rosales (R knee MCL sprain)
QUESTIONABLE: MF Erik Friberg (hip flexor strain); DF James Riley (concussion)
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If Seattle wins or ties, it will wrap up a postseason berth. Results elsewhere could also push the Sounders into the playoffs regardless of this result.
- A loss for Vancouver will definitively rule the Whitecaps out of the playoffs, but even a win might not be enough.
- Saturday's match will mark the last MLS game for Empire Field. Next week Vancouver will debut the renovated BC Place.
- Joe Cannon made his 300th MLS appearance last week against the LA Galaxy, becoming only the second goalkeeper (and 16th player overall) to accomplish the feat.
- In the reverse fixture, the sides drew 2-2 in Seattle. Eric Hassli hit a brace, and Osvaldo Alonso and Mauro Rosales, who set a franchise record with 12 assists on the season before going down injured against D.C. United last week, scored for the Sounders.
- The Whitcaps have one away match remaining, on Oct. 15 against FC Dallas. Only three teams in MLS history have completed a season without an away win, and Vancouver will join them if it doesn't pick up three points in that match.